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Finding Aid for the E.F. Benson Papers, ca. 1899-1940
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: E.F. Benson Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1899-1940
    Collection number: 177
    Creator: Benson, E.F. (Edward Frederic), 1867-1940
    Extent: 9 boxes (4.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: E.F. Benson (1867-1940) wrote more than 75 published works, including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The collection consists of holograph drafts of three of Benson's novels, files of publisher's statements, contracts, letters and clippings.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Library Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    • G.F. Sims, purchase, 1956.
    • Gift of Martin D. Lister, 1962.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], E.F. Benson Papers (Collection 177). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 709337 


    Born July 24, 1867 at Wellington College, Shropshire, England; wrote more than 75 published works, including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; best known for his Mapp and Lucia novels; also wrote mystery and supernatural tales, as well as biographies such as King Edward VII: an appreciation and Queen Victoria's daughters; died February 29, 1940.

    Scope and Content

    Holograph drafts of three of Benson's novels, including Lucia in London, and 95 short stories, essays and poems. Also files of publisher's statements, contracts, letters and clippings.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Drafts of novels and short stories (Boxes 1-6).
    2. Plays, scenarios (Boxes 6-7).
    3. Essays, poems (Box 7).
    4. Correspondence, contracts, portraits (Boxes 8-9).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Benson, E.F. (Edward Frederic), 1867-1940--Archives.
    Authors, English--20th century--Archival resources.
    Benson, E.F. (Edward Frederic), 1867-1940-- Lucia in London.